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Can a Low-Carb Diet Help With Alzheimer’s?

Published on November 20, 2013,

Following a reader question, Dr Mehmet Oz And Dr Mike Roizen, writing in their column, address the issue of diet and Alheimer’s Disease, looking especially at the role of carbs. This is from the SF Examiner…

Dr. Öz at ServiceNation 2008

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Q: Some people say that a diet extremely low in carbs and high in protein and fat can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What is your opinion of this type of diet for brain health, and for general health, too? — Terry Z., Boston

A: That’s an important question, and we’ll help you get a clear picture of the healthiest diet choices to make.

First, most North Americans eat lots of processed carbs that are stripped bare of their nutrients, and that fuels obesity and unhealthy glucose levels. High levels are linked to Alzheimer’s.

Also, these foods often are fried or combined with trans fats and added sugars, guaranteeing they’ll damage your brain and overall health. So, low-carb? For THOSE carbs, we’d say low isn’t good enough. Banish them completely!…

The doctors go on to make less favorable comments about eating red meat and saturated fat – especially processed meats – before concluding…

But wait! You can’t just eat your way to lifelong good health. You also need to walk 10,000 steps (or the equivalent) daily, and get 30 minutes of strength training two to three days a week. Then you’ll have a healthy life, good brain power and a younger RealAge.

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